Friday, March 27, 2009

Grammers April Craft Project


Look at these great windsocks that Dylan and I made yesterday while Syd was napping. My mom recently decided that she wanted to set up a monthly craft project for her grandchildren. She sends the directions at the beginning of the month, and then I get to talk to her about it and show her the finishing project here on my blog. What a great system. I love you mom! So here is our first project, windsocks. They turned out great...we made two because we had so much fun doing them! What a great idea mom!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Reading Rainbow

It has been a while since my last post, my life just seems to be super busy these days. Here is the latest book that Dylan is reading all the way through...how he memorizes is amazing to me. It is called Easy Street and is about making a street of course (the end is easier to understand that the beginning, I wanted to put subtitles on but coudln't figure it out). Take note that his clothes are on backwards and inside out. Dylan is going through the stage where he HAS to get himself dressed without any help, (I let him wear it like that around the house until we have to leave in which case he FREAKS out). I Love three year olds!

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I love that Dylan enjoys reading and books. When I lay him down for a nap I like to sit next to the door and listen to him read or make up words to the books he is looking at. It is so cute. He has such an imagination these days. The other day we were at McDonalds play land and I heard him on the slide with a kid saying "guess what was at my house today?....a dinosaur.....roarrrrrr". The kid was about two years older and just looked at him like he was crazy. The funny thing is that Dylan kept following him and repeating himself over and over because he just wanted a reaction from the boy. It was hilarious.

On another note, Sydney is walking up a storm these days. Her balance is getting much better and she goes back and forth between people. Every now and then I will catch her out of the corner of my eye let go of something and start walking. I am amazed at her bravery and how often she stops and lets herself sit down (rather than falling right over...her balance is getting so great!). Here is her last week with G-mama and G-papa...she is a bit better this week, but I likes this video. Oh, and listen close for one of Dylan's daily tantrums, don't you wish you lived at my house?
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Friday, March 20, 2009

D's First crush

Every Thursday night some of Cameron's friends from work come over to watch The Office, (speaking of which, last weeks KGB episode was one of the best ever!). Anyway, last night one of the girls brought her daughter along to play with Dylan, and it was love at first sight for Dylan. He has played with a lot of kids, but he was loving all over her. He was holding her hand while taking her from toy to toy, hugging all over her, and he even was loving her painting his finger and toenails..."Calling Mr. Mike?!" I have never seen him play so well, he even walked her out the door like a gentleman. It was very sweet.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Just a thought...

My sister recently sent me some essays out of Anne Lemott's book titled Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith and I loved them so much that thought I would share one of my favorite quotes from the book. This quote comes from my favorite essay was called "Traveling Mercies" about serindipity, destiny, fate, etc. I loved it because it made me think about life and how when so many things go wrong in our lives we tend to think we are on the wrong path, when really, we are exactly where we need to be. She wrote, "When a lot of things start going wrong all at once, it is to protect something big and lovely that is trying to get itself born-and that this something needs for you to be distracted so that it can be born as perfectly as possible."

Love it.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

CC walks!

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Check out my baby girl, she is walking! My favorite part is that she has to warm up by walking the couch back and forth before letting go. It rocks! She was doing this all day today and I couldn't get enough of it. Sydney takes about 5-8 steps and then falls....just a few more weeks of this and she will be a walking champ! It's so amazing to see these little babes grow, it brings tears to my eyes.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Hair...aak!

If anyone is watching Saturday Night Live these days, they know that Cathy (from the Sunday Comics) has made a few appearances lately. "Aaak" could possibly be my new favorite sound of stress. I love it, especially when she grabbs her nappy hair. Which gets me thinking, could Sydney have been born with better hair? Seriously, look at this girl, she has got ringlets till Tuesday! I am lovin all over them! I recently took a picture while she was in the bath and she has longer hair than me at 11 months old! Incredible! I love leaving her hair down and having crazy curls, but I too love the pigtails. Oh, and did I mention, the young women at church all call her "hair"? Awesome.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Random

Dylan mimics everything these days, and here he is getting ready to shave with his daddy. I couldn't resist taking this pic. I love my boys!Sydney won't go anywhere without her frog. For that reason we are on the lookout for where it disappeared to. Anyone have any ideas? I don't know why she loves it so much, but it always seems to calm her down when she is going crazy (usually at 3 in the morning). If anyone knows where to get another one quick let me know!Yesterday our family went to Newnan to pick up my car from the shop, woohoo! While in town, we found a fun little toy shop that we spent hours in. Now, I am not one to promote new things, but this toy that we found really struck us as something unique, educational and fun. My first thought was that this could be as educationally as important as legos, and I had to show Amir (my brother in law). He once told me so matter of factly, that the best toy to educate with is legos, and that I should have no need for any other toy in my house other than these LEGOS. This toy he said, can do it all, teach kids how to create, problem solve, etc. At the time I kind of just laughed and thought yeah, it probably is a great toy, but you don't have to be so dramatic about it. But, over the years, I have come to realize that really truly, Legos are probably the greatest toy invention there has ever been...He was right! :) And now I think I have found something that compares.

Wedgits...
"Early childhood age kids are stimulated with the endless ways that WEDGITS™ can stack and nest together. Pre-school kids quickly learn the relationships between horizontal and vertical. Elementary aged kids create everything from lifelike creatures, to futuristic space-craft...WEDGITS™ are for the whole family...creating together offers a new challenge in group participation. WEDGITS™ offer endless hours of creative challenge and entertaining fun. Educators label this product as a manipulative masterpiece for stretching the cognitive thinking process."

Friday, March 6, 2009

Sydney's Final Diagnosis

I took Sydney to her Neurologist yesterday to follow up after the EEG and we were finally able to get an official diagnosis, epilepsy. I know this isn't really a surprise to any of us, but, it was good to finally have a diagnosis so that I could research more and get a few more answers. Sydney does not fit any known syndromes since she is so young, but the Dr. did said that that could change as she ages and her brain develops. As for right now, she is on trileptal and B6 two times a day, and that is stopping the seizures. Luckily, the Dr. said that she is on a very low dose for her weight, and it won't need to be upped unless she has more seizures. Lets hope she doesn't need that. For now we just have checkups every 3 months to make sure she is developing right, and we hope that in a year or two we can try and get off these meds. The Dr. did say there was a chance that this could be outgrown but also that these things can show up later in life on EEGs and such. Urgh! Only time will tell. Here is a website that talks more about it http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/infants/outcome.html

Ooh and I almost forgot, Sydney took her first step in the Doctors office! WOOHOO! She should be walking by the end of April! I can't wait!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Bachelor...Take 3

Last night was ridiculous and for an interesting read go to http://www.realitysteve.com/. I read and watched most of what he posted before the final rose and I was convinced that it was all a set up. I don't know though. We may never know the truth, but we do know that Jason is a total douche for doing what he did to Melissa. Looks like this show might have dug themselves their own grave.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Dressed to Impress

I have to be honest, when I found out that I was having a girl I was so excited that she would get to be a recipient of Grandmalaine's famous dresses. G-mama has incredible sewing skills, and fabulous taste! For years I have loved seeing the dresses that she has made for her granddaughters. She is so talented, and for a while there, I had hoped that she wouldn't be all sewn out by the time my daughter came along. This Christmas proved that not only is she still sewing, but she in on her "A" game. She made these adorable dresses for the girls, and look, even a vest for little Dylan. Could they be any cuter? I love them, especially the scottish touch of the scotty dogs on the fabric. Perfection! Thanks G-mama!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Snow Day in Georgia

It snowed today in Georgia! In the three winters that I have been here this has happened twice...I can't believe it! It couldn't possibly be caused by global warming could it Jim? :)

Like last year, we all gathered at the Mounts and had a fun day playing in the snow and drinking hot chocolate. How fun is that!? I love living close to family! Dylan only had one mild injury was a result of running into the fence going full speed (he took off while I was helping the girls build a snowman...who knew he would go that fast). He had a mild bloody nose, but it didn't even phase him as he was up the hill and ready to go again before I could even give his booboo a kiss. Crazy kid, he has no fear...I wonder where he got that from :). Sydney stayed inside all day, sorry Coco no pics of her, but here are a few with all of the kids. Dylan love it and couldn't get enough of his cousins. They are so good to him, I love watching them all play together.